New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS ONE DOWN
The Smithson Valley baseball team opens the regional quarterfinals with a win over CC Carroll. Page 5A
Columnist J.T. Woodall says its time for society to do whatever it takes to get rid of perverts. Page 4A
By Ron Maloney
If you didn’t want to mow your lawn today, you now have a reason not to.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments declared Friday an “Air Quality Health Alert” day.
An alert is issued on days state planners expect ground level ozone levels to exceed the federal standard of 85 parts per billion in the atmosphere.
The elderly, the young and those with respiratory illness are advised to avoid going outdoors during the heat of the day if possible, and everyone is asked to take measures to reduce air pol
lution on AQI1A days.
Allison Young, natural resources/transportation coordinator for AACOG. said the region is getting off to an early start for this year’s ozone season, which runs from April 30 to Aug. 31.
“It’s a little worrisome because it didn’t begin until the end of July last year,” Young said. “This is partially due to smoke coming
into Central Texas from Mexico and Central America. Another major factor is the heat.”
The average temperature on an AQUA day is 92 degrees, Young said, with a wind speed of less than 4 mph.
“When you combine those factors, you have all the ingredients for a bad air quality day,” Young said.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Minikin, who presides over AACOG’s Air Improvement Resources Committee, said the county would fly its yellow-on-black air quality warning banners today, and he hoped New Braunfels, Bulverde and Garden Ridge would do the same.
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Same-sex marriage ban moves forward
By Kelley Shannon
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN — A proposed Texas constitutional ban on same-sex marriage cleared another legislative hurdle Friday as it won approval in a Senate committee.
The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 6-2 to recommend the measure move to the full Senate, where supporters predict it will survive Democratic opposition. Ultimately, if it passes the Legislature, Texas voters would decide on the amendment.
State law already prohibits same-sex marriages. This legislation would allow voters to decide whether to amend the Texas constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. The House narrowly passed the proposal last month.
State Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, said she voted for the proposal when it came before the House.
“I do believe a marriage is between a man and a woman,” she said. "I came from a time when people did not express their sexual preference unless is was for the opposite sex. I cannot get away from who I am and how I was raised.”
Casted said she suspected the debate over same-sex relationships would continue
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Woman arrested over dispute with Bexar judge
By Ron Maloney
GARDEN RIDGE—A 58-year-old Garden Ridge woman was arrested Thursday on felony charges stemming from a dispute with a Bexar County judge — and her alleged filing of a fraudulent $1 million lien against his home.
Comal County Sheriff’s Deputy Eddy Luna said he and Deputy Gene Hendon, along with officers of the Department of Public Safety special crimes service, arrested Renee Louise Halay at her Garden North Drive home at about 11 a.m.
She was booked into Comal County Jail on charges of securing execution of a document by deception in excess of $200,000, retaliation, filing a false financial statement and attempted theft of more than $200,000.
If proved, the first charge is a first-degree
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Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
AN OLYMPIC EFFORT
Win or lose, local Special Olympians give their all
Garden Street bridge shut down
By Ron Maloney
City officials closed the Garden Street bridge early Friday after a deep pothole developed in an approach to the bridge.
City Engineer Mike Short said late Friday the hole had been repaired, but the bridge would have to remain closed until Monday while the concrete used in the repair sets.
Traffic going toward Schlitterbahn or the last public exit on the Comal River will have to be detoured to East San Antonio Street and Union Avenue until
the bridge is reopened.
“There was a significant pothole at the bridge approach,” Short said. “We had to remove a strip of the approach and replace it with concrete.”
Short said the repair was about four feet wide and extended across the roadway. The bridge itself was not damaged, he said.
“That bridge is a relatively stout structure, and the rest of the bridge is fine,” Short said. “We’ve completed the repair, and it should be ready for traffic Monday morning."
New Braunfels Police and road crews discuss the repair and reopening of the Garden Street bridge Friday.
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By Ron Maloney
SAN MARCOS — “Tilli I” and “Tilli 2” are a team. They travel everywhere together.
“Tilli I” is Tilli Gold, who is the very proud grandmother of “Tilli 2,” New Braunfels Middle School seventh grader Tilli Lynch.
Friday, they went to the 36th annual Summer Games of the Texas Special Olympics — the second trip to the summer games for Lynch, 13, who competed in the running long jump and the 100-meter dash.
The event continues today and tomorrow at Bobcat Stadium. Admission is free.
The Special Olympics, started in the late 1960s by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, gives special needs children and adults an opportunity to participate in sports and compete in much the same way their less-challenged peers participate in varsity or intramural competition.
Nancy Edelen, head of the New Braunfels delegation, NBMS special education teacher and coach, said the Special Olympics is all about teamwork — and not about who wins or loses.
“You come out here and watch these kids, and you’ll know why I’ve done this for 11 years,” Edelen said. “I love it and I love what it does for these kids. It builds their self confidence and builds up their
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Ruben Garcia Jr. receives a last-minute kiss from his mother, Lydia, and advice from his dad, Ruben Sr., before participating in the 50-meter assisted walk at the Special Olympics Summer Games in San Marcos Friday. Below left, even though he didn't take first place, Garcia shows his can do attitude by flashing his parents and coaches a thumbs up. Below right, using a rope to guide him, sight-impaired NBHS student Dillon Dischinger participates in the 50-meter dash.
sense of self worth. My kids learn they can compete with anybody else. If you watch them, you don't second-guess yourself. You don’t wonder why you do this.”
The event’s motto says it: “Everyone is a Winner.”
That didn’t do Lynch much good when she scratched on the long jump because she stepped on the white line prior to her jump. Edelen hugged and comforted the tearful and disappointed girl and reminded her that she had to be there and be strong for the rest of the team.
“It’s OK. They didn’t set the jump up the way we practiced it,” Edelen said. “You have to adjust your attitude so you can cheer for the rest of the team — they need you!”
Lynch choked back her disappointment and said she would.
“I’m here to cheer for my team,” she said, managing a smile that only grew as the morning went on.
Shortly afterward, Lynch went over to the shade where the rest of the New Braunfels team sat between events and spent a few minutes with her grandmother and Dillon Dischinger, who was to compete in the 50-meter dash and the shot put.
“Tilli I ” asked Dischinger, who is blind, if he was ready, and he said he was.
“I ’m going to do the miming and See OLYMPICS Page 9A
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